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on December 31, 2010
7 Episodes on 2 Discs, released December 14, 2010

"Hoarders" on A&E is still one of the most compelling shows I have seen. It's like a car crash you can't look away from. And I wouldn't be surprised if it made you question your own potential to hoard things and clean out what you don't need as an affirmation of your own mental health.

The show focuses people whose entire lives have been utterly consumed by clutter and possessions, most of which are absolute junk. The inability to part with any of these items even if they are covered in mold or feces means many of them are facing threats of eviction, divorce, having their children removed from them, or even going to jail. There are over three million people suffering from obsessive compulsive hoarding in the United States and each episode tells two of their stories.

Hoarding is a psychological, painful disease where people are lost inside their own world with their stuff. Their stuff most of the time is more valuable to them than human relationships. It affects a large range of people from all walks of life, but the one thing they all have in common is their quality of life degrading all around them and being unaware of it. One woman lost her dentures in her house somewhere and has just gone along gumming it rather than clean up and look for them. When the cleaning crew manages to locate them, she goes as if to pop them right back in when they inform her of all the disgusting things they have been sitting in and she finally acquiesces the need to disinfect them probably.

One man has a gigantic collection of beer cans...and he doesn't drink beer. He has decided they are collectibles and while cleaning the rest of his house, still cannot let any of them go. The cleaning crew fixes up a garage and displays all the cans proudly in rows on shelves for him and the man still can't seem to be happy about it.

This season brought out more cat skeletons, more feces, and even more disgusting -- people whose bathrooms haven't worked for years and they have been content with pooping in a bag and throwing it somewhere. EWWWW!! One woman had been tying herself to a chair in her kitchen at night to go to sleep because 1) there is nowhere else to sleep and 2) one time she fell off her chair in the middle of the night and was immediately covered by stuff and almost died before someone found her. Terrifying.

Chances are less than fifty-fifty of the hoarders letting their houses and yards be completely cleaned because they often hold up the process by going through trash bags making sure that the broken stuff thrown away was REALLY broken or a piece of paper they needed isn't tossed by mistake. They have major trust issues with others in their space and stare suspiciously and accuse everyone of malicious intentions. For that 40 percent or so that make it through the end of clean-up, the victory is a relief to all and with follow up care in therapy, they have a chance of making a change. Those who turn down the follow up help usually fall back into old patterns quickly.

Usually, the psychologists and professional organizers brought in to work on the project are completely professional and try to work through every item getting thrown away with the affected hoarder. This season, some of that professionalism was tested by rude, screaming, disrespectful hoarders freaking out on them. I personally LOVED seeing that last straw snap on occasion so the helper could tell the hoarder how selfish they were being, how they were affecting their family, and threaten to walk away and leave them in this mess to stew. That usually was a game changer! I hate seeing them get so babied all the time and some of them needed to WAKE UP and see how bad their lives had become and stop fighting over a dish they were never going to use.
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on September 13, 2011
As I was watching this DVD, I immediately started clearing out my cabinets and threw tons of stuff in boxes to give to Goodwill. I never looked at myself as a "hoarder", until I witnessed these episodes. I'm not quite as bad, but I sure am headed in that direction. Whenever I need that "push" to barrel through all my stuff, I pop in this DVD and go to town! Plus, I never miss anything once it's gone. I call this DVD my "inspiration".
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on March 25, 2011
Another great, educational show like Intervention that explores another piece of addiction and psychology. Still waiting on Part Two for Season 2 though...

Will we EVER get it????
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VINE VOICEon December 19, 2014
I love Hoarders although I always think, Damned these people are funky! And also it leaves me thinking, you know..what happens in a couple of months after the Tellie crews leave and they start all over again.
Some of these habits or sicknesses are so ingrained.
I cannot imagine living in garbage... willingly day after day. So much money wasted. And the poor animals that are Hoarded, they are innocent in all this and end up sick or dead from this compulsion to get get get...
Good thing about watching this show is I get itchy and have to clean like a banshee.
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on August 13, 2015
I love this show! It makes me feel so amazing about my life and how clean I am. I love the stories and hearing what made people this way. It's also interesting to see how they progress and if they can "make it."
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on February 10, 2013
This show gave me more empathy towards and insight into the hoarding behavior. I am now cleaning out my house.
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on January 19, 2016
The content of the show was fine, but the streaming was horrible. It took me 2 1/2 hours to watch a 40 minute episode. Same thing happened with an episode of Intervention that I purchased. I recently also purchased a movie for streaming, and while better, the streaming would still only earn a grade of about a "C". Not really happy about it all.
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on August 20, 2014
As a hoarder, I have found the tips and suggestions for how to organize and de-clutter your home and life to be very helpful. I feel better knowing I'm not alone with this problem and with every success story, I feel like maybe one day I can do it to.
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on August 13, 2013
I have a love/ hate relationship with this show. Hate it because it is sad, depressing, and sometimes stomach turning! But, I love it because it really makes me clean my house after I watch it! Kind of like a car wreck were you know you shouldn't look but cannot help but sneak a peek. These people really stick in your brain, and you think about them long after the show is over.
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on August 14, 2013
Before tackling a clutter project, I watch an episode of "Hoarders" to get me started! It prompts me to examine why I've allowed the clutter buildup and the professionals on the program help me, too!
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